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Prindle scores state Coach of the Year title

Pat Prindle, assistant coach of the girls’ soccer team at Orono High School, has been named the Minnesota State Class A Girls’ Assistant Coach of the Year by the Minnesota High School Soccer Coaches Association. Prindle also serves as director of coaching and player development for the Orono Thunder Soccer Club. Prindle was nominated by…

OHS enjoys special day in more than one way

It was a special day, in more ways than one, for Orono High School on Saturday, September 24. Above:  OHS mathematics teacher Michelle Swenson, front row center, was honored as the 2016 Special Olympics Minnesota Outstanding Volunteer. A great Orono contingency was on hand. OHS graduate Hank Seward (Class of 2016), front row center, was…

Three Orono High School students have been designated as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. An additional three OHS students achieved commended status. The semifinalists are:  Joseph Kahnke, son of Randall and Elisabeth Kahnke, Long Lake; Nora Luetmer, daughter of Mark and Elizabeth Luetmer, Medina; and Betsy Surver, daughter of David and Kristin…

Willson, Bloomquist reign at OHS

2016 Orono High School Homecoming King Mark Willson and Queen Grace Bloomquist. 2016 Orono High School Homecoming Court, from left: Back row – Marit Francis, Sydney Schroeder, Olivia Chumbler, Megan Geelan, Megan Albers, Jaedyn Freshwater, Grace Reiners, Maddie Fischer, Katherine Kieley, Katie Kimmes, Danika Brockman, Chloe Chumbler, King Mark Willson, William Swanholm, Owen Erpelding, Ethan Church, Lucas…

OHS boasts 159 AP scholars

OHS boasts 159 AP scholars

A total of 159 Orono High School students have earned the distinction of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) exams. Orono High School has enjoyed consistently increasing numbers of AP Scholars. There has been a 69 percent increase from 2013, when the…

OFE honors alumni Van de Ven and Murray

James (Jim) Van de Ven, Ph.D., Orono High School Class of 1997, joined the ranks of the Distinguished Alumni, and Erin Shaughnessy Murray, OHS Class of 2000, was named as this year’s Promising Alumni by the Orono Foundation for Education and its alumni association. Van de Ven, married to Deb Van de Ven and father of…

Lunch menus go “digital” with NutriSlice

This year, school lunch menus are going digital. NutriSlice is a new program that will make menus more interactive to increase students’ understanding of meal options. This feature is available online at orono.nutrislice.com or by clicking the “Lunch Menus” tab at the top of the district homepage. For those with a smart phone or tablet, a…

<i>Newsweek</i> ranks OHS among best of the best

Orono High School earned its third national recognition and its highest ranking to date recently. Newsweek magazine placed OHS as second in Minnesota and 89th of the top 500 high schools in the nation in its ranking of America’s Top High Schools 2016 released August 11. The latest honor for OHS follows a Gold Medal awarded…

Morstad joins district as Director of Finance

John Morstad has joined Orono Schools as its new Director of Business Services. In this role, Morstad will oversee the business operations of a district recognized for its fiscal integrity, accountability and transparency. Morstad replaces Tom Stringer, who will be retiring in 2016. The pair is working together for a period of time to ensure…

Board refinances bonds, saves $6.2 million

The Orono School Board refinanced three sets of bonds, which will save taxpayers $6.2 million. The sale was unanimously approved in a special meeting July 7. As a result, the board will be able to reduce the amount it levies annually for debt service purposes and is committed to passing those savings on to taxpayers. The district,…

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